Indigenous disaster risk resilience through community-based approaches for sustainable future: Evidence from Pakistan

  • Ali, Tahir Mahmood (Principal Investigator/Chief Investigator A)

Project: HDR ProjectPhD

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The socio-economic dipartites as a result of colonisation have significantly influenced the disaster risk resilience (DRR) of the Indigenous communities of the world. Since 2002, an increased emphasis on the inclusion of Indigenous communities in disaster management planning through Community Based Disaster Risk Resilience (CBDRR) has identified a need for systematic research into Indigenous CBDRR and the historical and contemporary factors that help or hinder their (re)development and application. In this backdrop, this qualitative study is a comparison between Australian and Pakistani Indigenous communities and focuses on understanding the social, environmental, economic, cultural and political factors, and the interconnections between them, that influence Indigenous DRR and how they can be addressed through CBDRR approach for sustainable Indigenous future. The comparative study will help to develop a template with standardised information in broad categories of preparedness which can be applicable to the Indigenous communities of the world. The research employs Indigenous research methodologies. In the first phase, data was collected through one-to-one conversations, sharing circles and observations from 19 Indigenous participants from a remote Indigenous community in Northern Pakistan in 2018. Findings reveal different political, social, cultural, economic, structural and geographical variables which negatively or positively influence DRR of the community. Based on the findings, this paper proposes a CBDRR theory to address these variables for greater DRR of Pakistani remote Indigenous communities. In the second phase, the process will be replicated in a remote Indigenous community in the NT, to build a universal CBDRR theory based on the common variables.
Effective start/end date31/03/17 → …


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